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Human race has evolved with time. The pre-historic man’s main challenge in life was survival. The clans and kings that followed focussed their approach on expansion and protecting their territory. The evolved and advanced being faces new and higher challenges in the current digital world.
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people” – Mahatma Gandhi
- The drive and impetus
A leader has a mission and that mission drives his action to deliverance. They have the courage to follow their heart and intuition and will-power to shape their dreams to reality.
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results “– Mahatma Gandhi
- The approach
The story goes that Thomas Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. By his own admission,”The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps”. It is an approach that defines a great leader; whether he wants to keep trying like the spider that inspired King Robert Bruce of Scotland to never give up or relinquish the efforts like the fox that walked away from the grapes.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle “– Martin Luther King
- Tag the team along
Nobody can function in a void, we need more hands and brain to sail the boat. A great leader magnifies the strength of his people not their weaknesses.
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others “– Jack Welch
- Eye the opportunity
Life offers a lot of opportunity to us. It is up to us to take it or leave it. A great leader eyes every opportunity as a way to make a difference. At worst, he fails. He may even fail again, but the best guess, he fails better.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work “– Thomas Edison
- Exceptional delivery
A remarkable leader does not compromise on his work. He imparts and tries to excel on his job. He strives for the finesse required at his level.
“When you are a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you are not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it is there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through “– Steve Jobbs
- Ditch the “me and myself approach”. Empathy
A boss normally tries to get the action underway by pressure and by instilling a fear of his position. A leader on the other hand generates a trust and understanding and leads his pack by example. Involve the team and like they say in olden days – let everyone enjoy the fruits of labour.
“A good leader takes little more than his share of blame, a little less than his share of credit “– Arnold H. Glasow
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